Published Aug 21, 2018Earlier this year, Star Wars: The Last Jedi actor Kelly Marie Tran deleted her social media accounts after she was subjected to an onslaught of racist and misogynist abuse. Today, she has addressed the bullying in a new op-ed.
Tran has delivered an op-ed for the New York Times entitled "I Won't Be Marginalized by Online Harassment."
"It wasn't their words, it's that I started to believe them," Tran wrote of her online trolls. "Their words seemed to confirm what growing up as a woman and a person of color already taught me: that I belonged in margins and spaces, valid only as a minor character in their lives and stories."
She continued, "Their words reinforced a narrative I had heard my whole life: that I was 'other,' that I didn't belong, that I wasn't good enough, simply because I wasn't like them. And that feeling, I realize now, was, and is, shame, a shame for the things that made me different, a shame for the culture from which I came from. And to me, the most disappointing thing was that I felt it at all."
Tran concluded that she hopes to see change in the world.
I want to live in a world where children of color don't spend their entire adolescence wishing to be white. I want to live in a world where women are not subjected to scrutiny for their appearance, or their actions, or their general existence. I want to live in a world where people of all races, religions, socioeconomic classes, sexual orientations, gender identities and abilities are seen as what they have always been: human beings.
I know that I now belong to a small group of privileged people who get to tell stories for a living, stories that are heard and seen and digested by a world that for so long has tasted only one thing. I know how important that is. And I am not giving up. You might know me as Kelly. I am the first woman of color to have a leading role in a Star Wars movie. I am the first Asian woman to appear on the cover of Vanity Fair. My real name is Loan. And I am just getting started.
Read her full piece here.